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I had several pre-session detail shots from this recent session that I thought deserved a separate post. I also thought I would share how I made some of the items for the session for those other crafty people out there that are like myself.

My session theme was based on color and location, and I instantly thought of lemons and berries when I saw what the children were wearing. I didn’t want to do the typical lemonade stand so I made a fun yellow and white cotton canopy (idea from here), and set up a small table and tree stumps for chairs. I included some other props in the scene that could help occupy little hands such as lemon crisps, lemons, berries, and a yellow parasol.

The most time consuming project was the canopy, but it was definitely worth it. I cut 3.5″ strips of yellow and white cotton about three yards in length and sewed each strip together, alternating colors. I hemmed the top,  bottom, and raw sides but gave a larger pocket at the top to allow for different things to fit. Think of curtain panels. I ended up just using a bent wire clothes hanger for the top, but you could also use an embroidery hoop. I then used safety pins on several inner sides to tie a thin rope to, and then tie it to the tree branch. You could also use matching ribbon to make it more decorative.  I knew I wouldn’t have the whole canopy in most shots, so I didn’t see it as necessary. It happened to be a very breezy day, because of this, we used the safety pins again, only this time on the inner bottom to tie the looped rope to attach the canopy to tent stakes. I’m thinking I might use the canopy another time in the future for an outdoors newborn session. If you have questions, just let me know.

I also made paper fans and hot glued them to small dowl rods to incorporate the kids names into the session.

The lemon crisps were from this recipe and they were tasty! And easy too!

I really liked the feel of this session… sweet, bright, and sunny.

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Just had to share some sibling love from this evening. More to come!

Twice the smiles… Looking forward to sharing this family session soon.

After seeing a demand for baby announcement designs here at The Whimsy Tree, I’ve decided to create a couple custom designs for the store. I will be offering design services to finish the card with your own images. For now here’s a sneak peak of some inspirations, including some great finds from local antique stores such as, vintage baby bonnets, books, luggage and an old watch spring tin. I love finding vintage goodies that inspire me in design and also for session props.

1. fioreblossoms
2. sweetapolita
3. ikeahackers
4. stylemepretty
5. designeditor
6. hawthornethreads
7. shopruche

 

see the current blog post of custom design services and a pink and orange chevron birth announcement: http://thewhimsytree.com/blog/2012/05/04/custom-design-services/

This family is one of the sweetest I know. From the first time meeting them, they’ve extended a hand of kindness and friendship to Nathan and I. I admire them as Christian parents and think their four little one’s are wonderfully sweet. Here are some of my favorites from the session.